12:57 PM Eastern - Thursday, November 18, 2010

Round-up: News from around the union

In case you missed it.... Recent news, actions and organizing victories from SEIU Local unions in New York, California, Florida and Montana.

New York
Victory! 200+ Head Start Program Workers in Rochester Join SEIU
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PHOTO: Head Start Workers in Rochester, NY joined SEIU Local 200 United

More than 200 workers at the Head Start program at Action for a Better Community (ABC) in New York voted overwhelming to join with SEIU Local 200United to improve classroom conditions for the 1,500 children they serve. Teachers, teacher assistants, child care assistants, family developers, parent advocates, health intake specialists, nurses, substitutes, cooks and cook assistants at ABC are all now members of SEIU.

More from SEIU Local 200United.

Florida

Osceola Regional Medical Center/HCA Hospital Workers Overwhelmingly Vote to Unite with 1199SEIU Florida

By a landslide vote of 405 to 43, hospital workers at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Florida voted this week to unite with 1199SEIU Florida. The hospital is part of the for-profit HCA system, the largest for-profit hospital company in the world.

The workers in Florida join 2,200 hospital employees at four HCA hospitals in Texas who voted to form SEIU Healthcare Texas earlier this year, along with 1,200 workers at two HCA hospitals in the Kansas City area who joined SEIU Healthcare Missouri/Kansas. Overall, more than 15,000 employees at HCA in California, Nevada, Texas and Florida are now united in SEIU.

California
Local 1000 Members Rally Against Workplace Violence

Following the murder of a state worker inside a Napa State Hospital, members of SEIU Local 1000 have renewed their call for increased safety in the workplace. Every day, workers in California's mental health facilities fear for their lives on the job. Earlier this week, workers rallied for increased workplace safety standards, increased staffing, a stronger security presence, and stronger rules on which patients can roam hospital grounds unsupervised.

Watch more from Local 1000 or download the transcript to read here.

More Members Stand Up to Save State Jobs, Services

StateEmployee.jpgSEIU members in Solano County, California, made an offer to take temporary pay cuts to save jobs and critical services and save the county $13.1 million over the next two years.

This follows the move by SEIU Local 1000 members, who recently agreed to a new contact that stops furloughs and helps save the state more than $400 million annually through cuts to pay and benefits.


ULTCW Observes National Homecare Worker Month

November is National Homecare Month -- a time to honor the roles that in-home care providers play in the lives of their care recipients, their recipients' families, and in our economy as a whole.

In honor of this, Last week SEIU ULTCW sent an email to supporters, asking them to share with us their connection to home care workers. Here are some of their responses.

Montana

SEIU Local Political Director to Lead Montana Democratic Party
The Montana Democratic Party announced on Monday that it would appoint Ted Dick as its executive director. Dick currently serves as a local political director for SEIU Healthcare 775 NW. Read more at The Missoulian.

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